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Job Sorting in African Labor Markets

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  • Marcel Fafchamps
  • MÃ¥ns Söderbom
  • Najy Benhassine

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Using matched employer-employee data from eleven African countries, we investigate if there is job sorting in African labor markets. We find that much of the wage gap correlated with education is driven by selection across occupations and firms. This is consistent with educated workers being more effective at complex tasks like labor management. In all countries the education wage gap widens rapidly at high low levels of education. Most of the education wage gap at low levels of education can be explained by selection across occupations.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number WPS/2006-02.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:wps/2006-02

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  1. Francis Teal & Godius Kahyarara, 2006. "To train or to educate? Evidence from Tanzania," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-051, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  2. López Bóo, Florencia, 2010. "Returns to Education and Macroeconomic Shocks: Evidence from Argentina," IZA Discussion Papers 4753, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Christophe J. Nordman & François-Charles Wolff, 2007. "Is There A Glass Ceiling in Morocco? Evidence from Matched Worker-Firm Data," Working Papers 0720, Economic Research Forum, revised Dec 2007.
  4. Marcel Fafchamps, 2007. "Human Capital, Exports, and Wages," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-069, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  5. Kahyarara, Godius & Teal, Francis, 2008. "The Returns to Vocational Training and Academic Education: Evidence from Tanzania," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2223-2242, November.
  6. Francis Teal & Godius Kahyarara, 2008. "The returns to vocational training and academic education: Evidence from Tanzania," Economics Series Working Papers WPS/2008-07, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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